Ah, date night. A chance to spend time with a significant other or get to know someone new. However dating can be expensive. You still want to impress your date but not completely empty your wallet.
Fortunately there are plenty of fun and creative ways to spend a romantic evening. Here are some top ways to save money on dates, whether it’s a first date or a long-term relationship.
Cup of coffee
Getting together for coffee is low-key and casual, making it a great first date idea. You can meet at a well-known chain or try out a new or small, “indie” roaster for something different. Try these Peet’s Coffee coupons for an extra way to save money.
Take a walk
Whether walking around a new neighborhood or hitting up a hiking trail, you can take the time to get to know your date. A change of scenery will give you something to talk about or just a chance to get some fresh air.
Picnic in the park
Old school and romantic, a picnic is a cheap but fun date idea. Grab a blanket, some snacks and refreshments and head to the park or beach to enjoy some wonderful weather and company.
Check out the museums in your area to see if they offer discounted or free admission on certain days. You’ll get some culture in and maybe even learn something new- either about art or your date!
Take a class
The couple that stays fit together, stays together right? Local community centers often offer free or low-cost classes so find one that interests you both. At the very least, you’ll get to try something new, get some exercise and maybe even have fun.
Find a local soup kitchen or pet shelter and volunteer for the day. Not only will you be giving back to your community, you can bond over puppies.
Find the best happy hours and make appetizers your meal. You can actually fill up on a few small dishes to share rather than a full meal.
Explore the great outdoors
Camping, biking, hiking, fishing and more are all fun and cheap ways to spend time with someone. You can find inexpensive campsites (or ways to camp for free) and you’ll get away from the daily grind. Be sure to use these Camping World coupons and deals to get some new gear.
Home cooked meal
Save some serious cash by having a romantic night in and cooking a meal together. You can make each other’s favorite dishes or try a new recipe. And don’t worry if you’re not a master chef. Use these HelloFresh coupons, offers and deals to save money on a great meal.